karyThe ocean waves are pounding on the shore beside you as you lean back and enjoy the sun. The wind is behind you, the breeze filled with the aroma of the sea. Before you the sky is a deep blue, dotted with white puffy clouds gliding by. Seagulls soar overhead, intrigued by a strange object dancing around in the sky. First it goes rocketing upward, then turns sharply and dives straight down, only to pull out of the dive mere inches from disaster. It skims the ground, wingtip nearly touching the sand as it zooms along before blasting high in the air again.

People stop and point, vehicles slow down to watch. What is drawing all this attention? It’s a kite, of course! This isn’t your run-of-the-mill hold-onto-the-string-and-have-a-snooze kite, it’s a two-string 5-foot-wingspan stunt-kite, and you’re controlling it!

OT913A couple of winters ago my wife and I were lucky enough to be able to escape winter and camp in Texas. We stayed on South Padre Island, in the Gulf of Mexico just north of the United